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1st Reply From: Stuart Kohn <email@example.com> Subject: RE: QUERY: WW2 Parachute training Date: March 26, 2010 7:43:34 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Tanya: You're query is a bit open ended, and I am not sure if you want to know specifically about jump school, or, more generally, how the US Army's parachute units were formed and trained. In a nutshell, the US Army's Parachute school was at Ft. Benning, GA, lasted four weeks, and was composed of four stages -- each about a week long. The first stage of jump school (A Stage,) consisted of physical training to prepare the men for the rigors of jumping out of an airplane. The second stage (B Stage,) focused on teaching the trainees how to jump from an aircraft door and how to land. The paratroopers to be started out in mock airplane doors set just above the ground and eventually moved up to 35 foot jump towers were the trainees made "jumps" by sliding down controlled descent wires attached to the towers. The third stage (C Stage,) taught the trainees how to pack and control a parachute and jumped from 250 foot jump towers. During the final stage (D Stage,) the trainees made five static line parachute jumps from an aircraft -- Four during daylight (one from 1200 feet, one from 1,000 feet and two from 800 feet) and one at night from 1000 feet. In regard to your last question: Yes, riggers were required to be parachute qualified. A good primer is US PARARATROOPER, 1941-1945 by Carl Smith and Mike Chappell (Osprey Publishing, 2000) another is PARARTROOPER: THE SAGA OF US ARMY AND MARINE PARACHUTE AND GLIDER TROOPS DURING WORLD WAR II by Gerald H. Devlin (St Martin's Press, 1979). The official US Army Histories of WWII ("The Green Books") might also prove helpful, particularly the following two volumes of the multi-volume series: 1. THE US ARMY IN WORLD WAR II: THE ARMY GROUND FORCES: THE ORGANIZATION AND TRAINING OF GROUND COMBAT TROOPS, which can be found online in its entirety here: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-AGF-Organization/index.html -and- 2. . THE US ARMY IN WORLD WAR II: THE ARMY GROUND FORCES: The PROCUREMENT AND TRAINING OF GROUND COMBAT TROOPS Stu Kohn 2nd Reply From: David H Lippman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: QUERY: WW2 Parachute training Date: March 27, 2010 3:32:37 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Napier Crookenden's "Dropzone Normandy" has a LOT on Allied parachute training in preparation for D-Day. The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion had an interesting experience...they trained with reserve chutes in America, but when they were assigned to the British 6th Airborne Division, they lost them. The British didn't issue reserve chutes until the 1950s. Best, David H. Lippman "My intensity is intense." -- Roger Clemens -----Original Message----- From: Tanya Roth <email@example.com> Subject: Query - WW2 Parachute training Date: March 25, 2010 2:42:35 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@h-net.msu.edu> Hi everyone, I'm helping some individuals with a research project and trying to figure out where I might find some specific WW2 materials: 1. Details about the 1942-1943 Army parachute training program 2. Parachute rigging and repair techniques/manuals 3. Info on whether parachute riggers completed paratrooper combat training in addition to rigger training. I'm guessing the Military History Institute in Carlisle Barracks and/or the Center of Military History in DC might have these, but thought I'd see if any H-War members have some insight into any of this. Please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, tanya -- Tanya L. Roth PhD Candidate, Department of History Washington University in St. Louis ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----